Tea tree oil is one of the most beneficial natural oils. It can be used to treat a number of ailments and it is widely available in specialized shops and supermarkets. Having a bottle of tea tree oil in bathroom cabinet or kitchen cupboard is very useful because one can never know when it will come in handy.
About tea tree oil
Tea tree oil or melaleuca has been widely known and used in folk medicine for centuries. This clear or pale yellow hydrophobic oil should not be confused with tea oil. Tea tree oil is obtained from the plant called Melaleuca alternifolia, while tea oil comes from the actual tea plant or Camellia sinensis.
Aboriginal tribes have been using this oil for long time now because of its antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is believed that the effectiveness of this oil is owed to terpenoids found in it.
Tea tree oil is suitable for topical application only, and it is recommended to use it in diluted form. This oil should never be ingested because it can be highly toxic.
Benefits of tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is particularly used in cosmetics. This oil is very beneficial for the skin and it does wonders for skin prone to acne. Topical application of the oil, directly on acne, will reduce inflammation, prevent infection, reduce the bacteria and prevent the acne from recurring. This antiseptic seeps through the top layers of the skin and deeply cleanses it, fighting the cause of acne.
This oil also normalizes the production of sebum, which is very useful for those who have oily complexion and frequently suffer from blemishes associated with oily skin. It can be used as a cleanser and as a moisturizer, even on healthy skin. Tea tree oil is also recommended for people who suffer from psoriasis, impetigo, ringworms and similar problems.
Tea tree oil is also very beneficial for the hair, especially for people who have dandruff or dry scalp. Only a few drops of the oil, added to the regular shampoo and massaged into the scalp for 10 to 15 minutes will efficiently eliminate the dandruff and leave the scalp and the hear refreshed and soft.
Ailments and problems like boils, cuts, scrapes, herpes, warts, athlete’s foot, irritations, burns, sunburns, runny nose, cold, shingles and many more can be efficiently solved using tea tree oil.
In addition, tea tree oil is commonly found in many cosmetic products like soaps, cleansers, shampoos, moisturizers, lotions, oil-based perfumes and fragrances.